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Drool over these insane cakes and shakes from Sandton’s The Walnut Grove

We’re not sure whether to blame Instagram, the Australian inventors of Freakshakes, or just good luck, but milkshakes – and cakes – seem to be having something of a revival. (Sometimes together, in one dish…)

We recently reported on the insane milkshakes and cake jars being made in Cape Town at My Sugar, but fear not Joburg: The Walnut Grove in Sandton has some tricks of its own.

In the past, Sandton’s longest-running restaurant has served up everything from magnificent rainbow and ombre cakes to red velvet burgers made with beetroot and cream cheese, served with crispy beetroot rings. The Walnut Grove co-owner, Fotis Drakopoulos, admits that some of the goodies served up by his eatery are indeed crazy with a capital C. “Walnut Grove has built its success on coming up with new food trends that push the boundaries in South Africa,” he says.

A shake at Walnut Grove. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

A milkshake at The Walnut Grove. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Having heard about some of the lusciously ludicrous cakes and milkshakes that Fotis and siblings Elle and Alessandra are turning out, we thought it high time for an update. Brace yourselves.

Right now, at Walnut Grove, you can tuck into this Freakshake-inspired nutty Nutella shake, topped with a Nutella-stuffed doughnut.

utella shake topped with a Nutella-stuffed doughnut. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Nutella shake topped with a Nutella-stuffed doughnut at The Walnut Grove. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

You can tackle a red velvet milkshake topped with a red velvet cupcake.

Red velvet milkshake topped with a red velvet cupcake. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Red velvet milkshake topped with a red velvet cupcake at The Walnut Grove. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Or dive headfirst into a black velvet Oreo shake topped with an Oreo cupcake.

Black velvet Oreo shake topped with an Oreo cupcake.. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Black velvet Oreo shake topped with an Oreo cupcake at The Walnut Grove. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

You could get your hands on this glorious fairy floss cake.

Fairy floss cake. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Fairy floss cake at The Walnut Grove. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Or you could eat (part) of this giant chocolate-chip-cookie-dough cake.

Giant chocolate-chip-cookie-dough cake. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Giant chocolate-chip-cookie-dough cake at The Walnut Grove. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

You could have your cake in a jar…

Cake in a jar. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Cake in a jar at The Walnut Grove. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Or in every colour of the rainbow.

A cake in every colour of the rainbow Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

A cake in every colour of the rainbow at The Walnut Grove. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Or you could keep things classy and monotone with this coconut meringue cake.

A classy and monotone with this coconut meringue cake. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

A classy and monotone coconut meringue cake at The Walnut Grove. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

And if you’ve already tried all of the above, we can reveal that in just a few weeks’ time, the restaurant will be adding a salted toffee shake topped with caramelised popcorn, and a peanut butter caramel pecan and cinnamon shake topped with a gooey cinnamon bun, to the menu.

In summary, all of this could be yours:

Insane cakes and shakes from Sandton’s The Walnut Grove. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Insane cakes and shakes from The Walnut Grove. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

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